"The addictions need to be fed,
in the white house that we live in.
Water pours in, as we're dancing.
In other people's eyes, we're drowning."
Sezio sprouted from a group of artists and musicians living in a white house on Ebers street in Ocean Beach, Ca. The creative, collaborative mindset of its residents spread contagiously to visitors and passer-bys. At any given hour there was screen printing in the garage, painting on the front porch and a jam session in the living room or on the roof. Luckily, Andrew Heine's Pro Tools was running around the clock, and almost all of it was recorded.
This group of tracks has shaped my current musical taste. The warmth of the house combined with the organic sounds of plane engines and doors creaking make you feel like you are sitting in the room... and I was.
01 - "Wish You Well" by Andrew, Jim & Leah 02 - "Lay Back Down (It's Easy)" by Dogcatcher 03 - "All At Once" by Dogcatcher 04 - "Morning Smile" by Pretty Too Bad 05 - "Pictures And Such" by Pretty Too Bad 06 - "An Ocean Beach Afternoon" by Brian Holwerda 07 - "Battle Hymn Of My Republic" by Brian Holwerda 08 - "Firehouse House Fire 1939" by Demasiado 09 - "The Mean We" by Demasiado 10 - "Boogie" by Wade Youman
01 - This song was written and recorded in an afternoon. Andrew and Leah share the spotlight here, but as always Jim Hughes is nailing perfect harmonies.
02,03 - Dogcatcher included Andrew Heine, Damon DeLaPaz, Jim Hughes and Brian Holwerda. Andrew's music always took a back seat to his art and playing in other people's projects (Blackout Party, Irradio). Now that he's in the Bay Area, I'm hoping for a solo record sometime soon.
04,05 - Pretty Too Bad is a side project of Clayton Edward (Demasiado). The initial piano-based tracks he recorded at Ebers have been in my iTunes rotation for a while.
06,07 - Brian Holwerda has been a good friend for a long time. I've had the privilege of seeing him develop as a musician and songwriter for the last decade, and over that time this group of tracks stick out in my mind.
08,09 - Demasiado at this moment in time was Jon, Damon, Clayton and Eric. Damon was the first to move into the house, with Clayton and Jon to follow. The living room served as a great place to demo new tracks, Firehouse House Fire being my all time favorite.
10 - Wade Youman is an extremely gifted drummer, and one of the most spontaneous humans I know. There's a Morey Boogie Board sticker on the window in the Ebers' kitchen, and I'm pretty sure Wade saw that and wrote this song on the spot (with backup from the house musicians).
Thanks for listening and "have a bitchin' summer, mother-fucker."
- Zack Nielsen sezio.org
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